Are Russia’s plans to reform its army realistic?

The Kremlin has announced plans to reinforce the Russian army by 350,000 troops. How does it plan to recruit so many soldiers and finance the purchase of new equipment?

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Russian teen faces years in jail over social media post criticizing Ukrainian war

Olesya Krivtsova sports an anti-Putin tattoo on one ankle and a bracelet that tracks her every move on the other.

https://www.cnn.com/2023/01/29/europe/russian-teen-social-media-ukraine-war-intl-cmd/index.html

USA TODAY Sports’ NFL championship game picks: Who reaches Super Bowl 57?

Championship Sunday will determine whether the 49ers, Eagles, Bengals or Chiefs will play on Super Sunday in two weeks.

     

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Dog recovering after being found ‘cemented’ to Florida sidewalk

A sweet pooch is recovering after he was found “cemented” to a Florida sidewalk for days and left to die, according to a local animal shelter.

https://nypost.com/2023/01/29/florida-dog-found-cemented-to-sidewalk-for-days-before-rescue/

LeBron James goes berserk after missed foul call, Patrick Beverley gets technical foul for showing ref camera

LeBron James was furious with NBA officials on Saturday night and Patrick Beverley received an untimely technical foul for sarcastically trying to show a referee they missed a call in the final moments of regulation.

In a 105-105 game between the Lakers and the Boston Celtics with about 4 seconds left, James went to his left and drove down the lane toward the basket. James was surrounded by three Celtics defenders and went up to the basket with his left hand and it appeared he was hit on the arm by Jayson Tatum.

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James missed the lay up and there was no foul called on the play. The Lakers superstar was beside himself over the no-call and fell to the floor in disbelief.

Beverley, at one point, came over with a camera to show the referee what he missed. He received a technical foul.

The game would go to overtime and Boston would come away with a 125-121 win.

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James played 44 minutes. He scored 41 points with nine rebounds and eight assists in the loss. Beverley added 15 points, five rebounds, five assists and two steals. Anthony Davis came off the bench and scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. He also had four assists.

Davis was just as upset after the game.

Crew Chief Eric Lewis admitted after the game the officials missed a call.

Tatum made the technical free throw before the overtime period began. He scored 30 points with 11 rebounds and four assists.

Jaylen Brown scored a team-high 37 points, grabbed nine boards and dished out three assists. He hit a couple of clutch shots to separate Boston from Los Angeles in the overtime period.

Boston moved to 36-15 with the win. Los Angeles fell to 23-27.

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Did anyone win the $572M Powerball jackpot? See the winning numbers for Saturday’s drawing

Powerball’s jackpot has climbed to an estimated $572 million, with a cash option of $308.9 million. See the winning lottery numbers for Jan. 28, 2023.

     

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Matt Taibbi says the Left’s source for Russian disinformation bots were accounts of ‘real Americans’

Substack writer Matt Taibbi joined “One Nation with Brian Kilmeade” to break down the latest installment of the Twitter Files focused on “basically” fraud in the Russian disinformation bot narrative.

Democrats and some media outlets used research from Hamilton 68, a liberal think tank’s project, to push the narrative of Russian disinformation bots on Twitter, he found, saying it was the source of “probably hundreds of news stories” that were “allegedly tracking hundreds of Russian bots.”

“Their secret sauce was a list of 600 accounts they said were linked to Russian influence,” he added.

“Well, in the Twitter files, we found the list, and the list, let’s just say, is mostly bereft of Russians, but is full of real Americans, and what they basically did is a fraud. They took ordinary conversations of ordinary conservatives mostly, and essentially just called it Russian influence.”

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Fox News host Brian Kilmeade asked Taibbi to unwind how Hamilton 68 would “take a trend credited to a Russian bot and diminish its quality.” 

Taibbi said that key was in the Hamilton 68 Dashboard. 

“They built this tool called the Hamilton 68 Dashboard that purported to track Russian bots. Again, it was based on 644 accounts, which we now know are mostly organic accounts, mostly real people, mostly in the West.” 

“But they would say these accounts are now following, let’s just say, the #FireMcMaster, or #ReleaseTheMemo, or #IStandWithLaura or #ParklandShooting, and then you would see a flood of news stories coming out in the next day, maybe in The New York Times, maybe The Washington Post, maybe CNN, maybe MSNBC that would say Russian bots are supporting this hashtag,” he said. “In reality, there were no Russians or there were very few Russians, let’s put it that way. Most of these were actual real Americans who were just doing ordinary conversations on Twitter.”

Hamilton 68 was operated by Alliance for Securing Democracy, a think tank founded in 2017, and led by former FBI special agent and MSNBC contributor Clint Watts. 

Alliance for Securing Democracy’s advisory council includes Clinton ally John Podesta, Obama-era acting CIA director Michael Morell, former Obama official Michael McFaul and The Bulwark editor-at-large Bill Kristol, according to its website.

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When asked about the impact Hamilton 68 had on American politics, Taibbi said “these stories about Russian bots influencing this or that politician had an enormous cultural and political impact over a course of years in America.”

“Although conservatives were definitely targeted and in fact Twitter employees talked about that, how this was a site that would take ordinary conversations between conservatives and accuse them of being Russians,” Taibbi continued. “You can see that in my thread. But it also affected Democrats like Tulsi Gabbard and Bernie Sanders, so this was a site that basically went after people, anybody who was a critic of the Democratic Party, be it on the left or right.”

The Twitter Files have been a series of installments by Twitter CEO Elon Musk, first released in December. 

Independent journalists have addressed various controversies involving the platform and its suppression of the Hunter Biden laptop story in 2020, the existence of shadow-banning and its decision to ban former President Donald Trump. 

Alliance for Securing Democracy put out a statement about a list of claims against it outlining its methodology.

“Networks were selected based on their engagement with content ‘generated by attributable Russian media and influence operations,’” it said.

To the claim Hamilton 68 “will take conversations in conservative circles on Twitter and accuse them of being Russian,” the organization wrote on its site, “This claim is not supported by the data.” 

Fox News Digital’s Joseph A. Wulfsohn contributed to this report. 

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Trump joins Biden, Obama in condemning ‘horrible’ beating of Tyre Nichols: ‘Never should have happened’

Former President Donald Trump joined the chorus of those responding to graphic footage from the bodycams of five Memphis police officers who repeatedly beat 29-year-old Tyre Nichols. The footage was released to the public Friday, Jan. 27.

“I thought it was terrible. He was in such trouble. He was just being pummeled. Now that should never have happened,” Trump said during an interview with The Associated Press Saturday.

The footage shows the officers punching, kicking, pepper spraying and tasing Nichols, a 29-year-old Black father and delivery driver, following a traffic stop on Jan. 7. 

He died three days later, on Jan. 10. The officers were charged with his murder.

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Trump, who is running for the White House in 2024, said hearing Nichols repeatedly call out to his mother during the assault was particularly difficult. He said it was “a very sad moment.”

“That was really the point that got me the most, to be honest with you,” the former president said.

Trump said Memphis police were taking a “strong step” in disbanding the SCORPION police unit involved in the attack, which was created to target violent offenders in areas beset by high crime. SCORPION stands for Street Crimes Operation to Restore Peace in Our Neighborhoods.

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It has been “permanently” deactivated as a result of the Jan. 7 incident, Memphis officials announced.

Trump also called the video “pretty conclusive,” as the officers face murder charges.

He also suggested the traffic violation was not the officers’ motivation for the beating.

“Look, the tape was perhaps not totally conclusive but, to me, it was pretty conclusive and it was vicious and violent and hard to believe — over a traffic violation,” Trump said.

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Trump previously discouraged violent protests that erupted across the country in the summer of 2020 following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, which he also condemned.

“When the looting starts, the shooting starts,” Trump tweeted, sparking backlash. The tweet was also flagged by Twitter as glorifying violence.

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The former president defended his comments as attempting to discourage escalation, not a call to shoot those who are looting.

He later centered his 2020 reelection bid around “law and order” and supporting law enforcement.

Trump, while in office, signed an executive order encouraging better police practices.

Former President Barack Obama also responded to the Tyre Nichols bodycam footage.

In a joint tweet, Barack and Michelle Obama said that Nichols’ death is a “painful reminder” for America.

“The vicious, unjustified beating of Tyre Nichols and his ultimate death at the hands of five Memphis police officers is just the latest, painful reminder of how far America still has to go in fixing how we police our streets,” the couple said.

President Joe Biden also addressed the video.

“My heart goes out to Tyre Nichols’ family and to Americans in Memphis and across the country who are grieving this tremendously painful loss. There are no words to describe the heartbreak and grief of losing a beloved child and young father,” he wrote in a statement Friday night.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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On this day in history, Jan. 29, 1936, National Baseball Hall of Fame elects first members

The National Baseball Hall of Fame elected its first members in Cooperstown, New York, on this day in history, Jan. 29, 1936.

Those chosen were five baseball greats — Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson and Walter Johnson.

The first class of inductees were named in preparation for the dedication of the Hall of Fame three years later, in 1939, which was believed to be the centennial of baseball, according to History.com.

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The Baseball Writers’ Association of America, founded in 1908, made its picks based on the players’ legacies.

Babe Ruth was both an ace pitcher and “the greatest” home run hitter in baseball history, said History.com.

Ty Cobb was considered the “most productive” hitter in history, according to the same source, while Honus Wagner was known as a “versatile star shortstop and batting champion.”

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Christy Mathewson had more wins than any pitcher in the history of the National League, History.com reported.

Walter Johnson was considered “one of the most powerful pitchers to ever have taken the mound.”

The first induction ceremony wasn’t held until June 12, 1939.

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That was after 20 more members had been elected in 1937, 1938 and 1939, according to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Inductees included Cy Young, Pete Alexander, George Sisler, Al Spalding and Lou Gehrig, among others.

The Baseball Hall of Fame found its beginnings when the Clark Foundation, a Cooperstown-based private organization, thought the idea would attract tourists following the Depression era.

The foundation created the story that U.S. Civil War hero Abner Doubleday created baseball in Cooperstown in 1839, History.com noted.

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While it wasn’t true, baseball officials apparently supported the story to capitalize on the Hall of Fame’s marketing and publicity potential.

The Baseball Hall of Fame still stands as the nation’s hub for all things baseball, attracting approximately 350,000 visitors each year.

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Memphis police dissolve unit charged with murder of Black motorist Tyre Nichols

The Memphis police chief disbanded the city’s so-called Scorpion unit on Saturday, citing a “cloud of dishonor” from newly released video that showed some of its officers beating Tyre Nichols to death after stopping the Black motorist.

https://www.france24.com/en/americas/20230129-memphis-police-dissolve-unit-that-fatally-beat-black-motorist-tyre-nichols